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H&W News 9/27/12

People on the Move – Gulf Coast Native Teri Lord, M.D., Joins Baptist Medical Group
Teri Lord, M.D., a native of Mobile, Ala., is returning to the Gulf Coast to join Baptist Medical Group’s hospitalist program and expansive physician network. As a hospitalist with the Pensacola-based health care organization, Dr. Lord will be exclusively dedicated to caring for patients admitted to two hospitals: Baptist Hospital in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze Hospital in Gulf Breeze. Dr. Lord is an experienced physician who is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She joins Baptist Medical Group from Columbia, Tenn., where she previously served as a full-time hospitalist and medical director of Maury Regional Medical Center’s hospitalist program. Dr. Lord completed both her medical education and residency through the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. In addition to being a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Dr. Lord has extensive physician-leadership experience, including leading electronic medical record design and implementation. Along with the team of Baptist hospitalists, Dr. Lord will work with patients’ primary care and specialist physicians to provide skilled and compassionate care throughout their hospital stay. To learn more about Dr. Lord and the hospitalist program, please visit her profile page at BaptistMedicalGroup.org or call 437-8600.

Sacred Heart Hospital Receives the American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award
The American Stroke Association recently awarded Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for Sacred Heart’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. This is the fourth year in a row that Sacred Heart has received this prestigious honor. Sacred Heart’s Regional Stroke Center has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the hospital’s emergency department. The Stroke Center is always equipped to provide brain imaging scans, has neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and uses clot-busting medications when appropriate. To receive the award, Sacred Heart achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to quality standards for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals. Sacred Heart Regional Stroke Center’s targeted, quality program of care is designed to reduce the number of deaths related to stroke, minimize disability, create awareness of prevention, and help reduce the cost of healthcare. According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke. Of stroke survivors aged 49 and older, 21 percent of men and 24 percent of women die within a year. For those aged 65 and older, the percentages are even higher. For more information on Sacred Heart’s Regional Stroke Center, please call 416-1600 or visit sacred-heart.org/strokecenter.

Anesthesiologist Joins West Florida Medical Group and Medical Staff of West Florida Hospital
Christian A. Savoie, M.D., Anesthesiologist, has joined West Florida Medical Group and the Medical Staff of West Florida Hospital. Dr. Savoie earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham where he earned the “Outstanding Student Award for Pulmonary Correlative Pathology.” Following medical school, Dr. Savoie completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock where he was selected by the Anesthesiology Department to serve as Resident Representative for ACGME national review. Dr. Savoie has been involved in various research projects and has authored a number of publications. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Society of Anesthesiology and the American Medical Association.

Oncologist Nutan DeJoubner, M.D., Joins Baptist’s Comprehensive Cancer Program
Baptist Health Care, the region’s leading-edge provider of innovative cancer treatments and patient-centered care, is pleased to welcome hematologist-oncologist Nutan DeJoubner, to their team of cancer specialists at the Baptist Cancer Institute. As a board certified internal medicine physician and fellowship-trained oncologist, Dr. DeJoubner is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to adult cancer patients. “I strive to always provide the best cancer care possible,” she explains. “I treat my patients like my family.” Dr. DeJoubner joins Baptist from Atlanta, where she completed her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Emory University College of Medicine and her internal medicine residency at Atlanta Medical Center. In addition to earning her medical degree at Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India, Dr. DeJoubner is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians. “We are excited to have Dr. DeJoubner’s excellent skill and immense compassion adding to the strength of our cancer program,” shares Kent Skolrood, president of Baptist Medical Group and senior vice president of Baptist Health Care. “Patients seeking an oncologist who genuinely listens to them and partners with them to achieve their goals are going to be pleased to meet Dr. DeJoubner and our entire team of cancer specialists.” As a member of Baptist’s comprehensive cancer team, Dr. DeJoubner will work alongside oncologist Dr. Sherif Ibrahim, who joined the team earlier this year, and six additional cancer care experts: medical oncologists Dr. Carletta Collins, Dr. German Herrera and Dr. David Mann; radiation oncologist Dr. James Adams; gynecologic oncologist Dr. Tom Patton; and physician assistant Gary Belanger, P.A.-C. New patient appointments and referrals are encouraged. For more information about Dr. DeJoubner or to make an appointment, please call 469-7975 or visit baptistmedicalgroup.org.

WFH Blood Bank Earns Accreditation from AABB
West Florida Hospital’s Blood Bank has been granted a two-year AABB accreditation for transfusion services, according to Brian Baumgardner, president and CEO of West Florida Healthcare.  Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially-trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, West Florida Hospital joins similar facilities located throughout the United States and around the world that also have earned AABB Accreditation. “The AABB’s Accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Baumgardner explained. “West Florida Hospital has sought AABB Accreditation because this program assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.” AABB’s Accreditation Program contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products. The Accreditation Program assesses the quality and operational systems in place within a facility. The basis for assessment is compliance with AABB standards, Code of Federal Regulations and other federal guidance documents. The AABB Accreditation program has been recognized by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). In June 1995, AABB was granted “deemed status” as an accrediting organization under the clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA ’88) program. This granting of “deemed status” indicates that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has found the AABB accreditation process to provide reasonable assurance that the facilities accredited by it meet or exceed the conditions required by federal law and regulations.

Baptist Medical Group Welcomes Monica Nall, M.D., Family Medicine in Pace
Baptist Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of family medicine physician Monica Nall, M.D., to their growing primary care network. She joins the established practice of Dr. Joshua Davis and nurse practitioners Joyce Nichol and Pat Hill, located at 3874 Highway 90 in Pace after completing her family medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Nall, a member of both the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians, cares for patients of all ages and offers early morning, late evening and Saturday appointments. She also welcomes walk-ins on weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon. As for her personal time, Dr. Nall enjoys travel, cooking, and even a little murder mystery party planning. Dr. Nall is one of 15 new physicians Baptist has welcomed to the region over the past three months and the second in Pace—Dr. Monica Montoya joined the Baptist family medicine practice of Dr. Abby Hunt and Cecilia Hansford, A.R.N.P., located at 3870 Highway 90, in August 2012. To learn more about Dr. Nall or to request an appointment, visit her profile at baptistmedicalgroup.org or call 995-4244 for personal assistance.

Pediatric Pulmonologist, Dr. Alicia Della Volpe, Joins Medical Staff at Children’s Hospital
Dr. Alicia Della Volpe, a pediatric pulmonologist with Nemours Children’s Clinic, has joined the medical staff of Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. A native of Argentina, Dr. Della Volpe received her medical degree from the National University Medical School of La Plata in La Plata, Argentina. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital at Brown University, as well as a residency in pediatrics at the Private Community Hospital in Mar del Plata, Argentina. She also completed a residency and a fellowship in neonatology at the Hospital Interzonal Especializado Materno Infantil in Mar del Plata, in Argentina, as well as a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Jackson Memorial Hospital of Miami at the University of Miami. For more information, please call Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart at 416-1600 or visit online at sacred-heart.org.

Healthy Lives™ program featured at White House Health Disparities Roundtable
Baptist Health Care Vice President of Human Resources Darlene Stone recently attended a Health Disparities Roundtable event featuring U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA. The roundtable—coordinated by the White House Business Council and the National Business Group on Health—convened Tuesday, August 7, 2012 to discuss initiatives to end health disparities in our nation. One of the programs discussed was Healthy Lives™, a comprehensive employee health and wellness program that is inspiring healthy behaviors in communities around the south, including Pensacola.  “Baptist has launched the Healthy Lives program as a strategy to improve countless lives and provide area employers a powerful tool for driving down health care costs,” said Baptist Health Care President and CEO Mark Faulkner. “Healthy Lives works by getting employees and their families involved in their own health care management. By delivering customized programs that include health coaching, Healthy Lives enables employers to support the health and well-being of their workforce, improve quality of care, and use data to drive greater value and lower health care expenses.” Healthy Lives™ was developed in 2010 by Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) in Baton Rouge, La. Stephanie Mills, M.D., president and CEO of Franciscan Health and Wellness, was a participant in the recent Health Disparities roundtable. FMOLHS was recently one of only nine organizations across the country (and the only health care organization) to receive a medallion of honor from the U.S. Surgeon General for improving the health of its employees. Additionally, the system was recognized as a 2012 Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles by the National Business Group on Health. The Healthy Lives™ approach and focus was developed with the mission of promoting health, wellness, and spiritual wholeness. In addition to health screenings and coaching, Healthy Lives™ workplaces can receive assistance with benefits plan designs, employee rewards program, and access to a members-only web portal to promote and encourage healthy behaviors. Gulf Coast area employers interested in learning more about Healthy Lives™ should call 1.855.469.6903 or e-mail healthylives@bhcpns.org.

Pediatric Hospitalist, Dr. Stephanie Slagle, Joins Medical Staff at Children’s Hospital
Dr. Stephanie Slagle, a board-certified pediatrician with the Florida State University College of Medicine pediatric residency program, has joined the medical staff of Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart as a pediatric hospitalist. As a pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Slagle will provide inpatient hospital care for children and infants in both the pediatric medical/surgical units and in the newborn nursery. Dr. Slagle received her medical degree from the East Tennessee State University College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. In addition to her medical education, Dr. Slagle also received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida and her master’s of science degree from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. Prior to coming to Pensacola, Dr. Slagle was employed as a pediatric hospitalist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Slagle will join the pediatric hospitalist practice of Dr. Amy Lee, Dr. Erica Whittingham, and Dr. Kristy Haggett. For more information, please call Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart at 416-1600 or visit us online at sacred-heart.org.

Sacred Heart Cardiology Welcomes Milton-based Cardiologists
Sacred Heart Cardiology, a division of Sacred Heart Medical Group, is pleased to welcome two new specialists to its team of cardiologists. Milton-based invasive cardiologists, Dr. Vishal Gujral and Dr. Stephen Hunley, recently joined the group and are currently accepting new patients. Dr. Gujral has a special interest in treating coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and nuclear cardiology. He is fellowship-trained in cardiology from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Gujral earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT and has been practicing in the Milton area for the last two years. Dr. Hunley is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed advanced fellowship training in cardiology at East Carolina University College of Medicine. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology. He has a special interest in treating cardiovascular diseases and in nuclear cardiology. Dr. Hunley has been practicing in the Milton area for the last seven years. Drs. Gujral and Hunley will continue to perform diagnostic heart catheterizations and admit patients at Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton. The Sacred Heart Cardiology office is temporarily located in suite 200 of the Sacred Heart Medical Park located at 3754 Highway 90 in Pace. Appointments can be made by calling 416-5200.